Stein­ert snaps 8-game los­ing streak

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - SPORTS - By Rich Fisher For The Tren­to­nian.com

HAMILTON » When a team is strug­gling to score, some­times it needs a break to get it kick started.

Stein­ert’s boys soc­cer team got a cou­ple Thurs­day night, get­ting two goals off re­bounds to take a 3-2 win over Hamilton West at Vet­er­ans Park’s Cow­ell Field.

In snap­ping an eight-game los­ing streak, the Spar­tans (5-9-1) scored three goals for the first time since Sep. 11. Stein­ert had just four goals dur­ing the eight losses, and their last win also came at Cow­ell Field on Sep. 15.

Ju­nior Billy Jones picked the right time to score his first var­sity goal, which came with 13:20 re­main­ing for the game-win­ner. Adrian Straw­in­ski took the ini­tial shot and Giuseppe Scordato made yet an­other out­stand­ing save, but could not con­trol the re­bound. It went right to Jones, who slot­ted it from in­side the box.

“I was just there to fin­ish it off,” Jones said. “It rolled out to me and it was there.”

The goal capped a back and forth game between the two an­cient ri­vals, who have scuf­fled for vic­to­ries this year.

Hamilton (1-11), which has dropped five straight, took a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute when Adam Ed­ders scored on a long shot that squeezed un­der the cross­bar. The Spar­tans tied it with 13:47 left in the half on a goal rem­i­nis­cent of Jones’. Straw­in­ski’s shot was saved by Scordato, but Justin Brunow ri­fled in the re­bound.

“We were in the right place at the right time, that’s what hap­pens,” Brunow said.

“They did a good job of clean­ing up,” Hamilton coach Chris Mo­rales said. “They had a nose for goal to­day. I know they’ve been hav­ing trou­ble scor­ing, so for them to come out and score three, they were hun­gry.”

Stein­ert stunned the Hor­nets af­ter in­ter­mis­sion when Frank DiNatale scored off a feed from Sam Co­hen to make it 2-1 just 42 sec­onds into the half. DiNatale just missed an­other one mo­ments later when de­fender Steven Mizsak blocked a shot just in front of the goal. Shortly af­ter that, Scordato made the save of the night when Brunow took a cross from Jake DiChiara but had a point-blank shot de­flected at the last sec­ond.

“All sea­son he’s kept us in quite a few games,” Mo­rales said. “He’s al­ways good for a cou­ple of big saves. We know we can al­ways trust him to make a few big ones.”

Bol­stered by their keeper, Hamilton tied it with 23:06 re­main­ing on long shot by Richet Barchue. Af­ter Jones’ goal, Hamilton had a fi­nal op­por­tu­nity when Barchue sent one across an empty goal area that was cleared from dan­ger by Bran­don Jones.

“It was in­tense tonight,” Billy Jones said. “Th­ese ri­valry games are al­ways like this.”

The Spar­tans just hope it’s some­thing they can build on.

“It’s a good feel­ing to fi­nally win,” Brunow said. “We haven’t re­ally been play­ing our best, but we came out tonight and played a good game and grounded out that vic­tory. It was a big back and forth game. It was in­tense, but it was a great team ef­fort and we played good.”

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Stein­ert (5-9-1) Hamilton (1-11) Goals —

Brunow, DiNatale, Jones (S), Ed­ders, Barchue (H).

Co­hen (S), Barchue (H).

12 (S), 4 (H).

Kozem­chak 2 (S), Scordato 8 (H).

As­sists — Shots — Saves — 12— 11— 3 2

JOHN BLAINE — FOR THE TREN­TO­NIAN — FILE PHOTO

Sam Co­hen notched an as­sist in Stein­ert’s 2-1 win over Hamilton on Thurs­day.

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